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Bill Cosby Criminally Charged with Sexual Assault In Pennsylvania

Prosecutors in Pennsylvania have filed the first sexual assault charges against US comedian Bill Cosby.
Mr Cosby has been charged with aggravated indecent assault after an investigation involving a former local university employee and an alleged incident in 2004.

He has previously said under oath he had a consensual sexual encounter with the woman. The case was re-opened after dozens of women alleged assault from Mr Cosby. Andrea Constand, who was an employee at Temple University at the time of the alleged assault, sued Mr Cosby in 2005 and settled for an undisclosed sum after no charges were brought. She has said she was tricked into taking drugs before being sexually assaulted by Mr Cosby. Documents from the case were sealed until this summer.

Testimony from the lawsuits include Mr Cosby admitting he gave women a sedative, Quaaludes, when he wanted to have sex with them.

Pennsylvania prosecutors on Wednesday announced they have filed charges against comedian Bill Cosby in an alleged sexual assault encounter with a woman 12 years ago.

Cosby was charged with aggravated indecent assault, a first-degree felony, Montgomery County District Attorney-elect Kevin Steele said at a news conference. He will be arraigned later Wednesday afternoon.

“Today, we are able to seek justice on behalf of the victim,” Steele said.

Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, told police the once-beloved TV father figure drugged and violated her at his home in Cheltenham Township, near Philadelphia, in 2004.

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